HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Colin Burdette’s accident happened one year ago Sunday.
When his mom, Molly, got the call her son was in an accident she thought, “He’s going to be OK.” Then she saw Colin’s injuries firsthand and knew it was going to be a long road to recovery–one that required Colin getting a medical helicopter ride to Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron.
“He broke almost pretty much every bone in his face. He broke both arms, lacerated his spleen, and of course, had a severe concussion,” Molly said of Colin’s accident, which occurred while he was riding an ATV with friends.
“Last thing I remember is my friend getting off the back ’cause he didn’t want want to get muddy, and I did a donut and sprayed him with mud,” Colin recalled of the harrowing accident.
Colin was put in a medically-induced coma and underwent a 10-hour surgery to repair his face. He went home a few weeks after the accident.
“After I got my jaw unwired, it was a lot easier because I started eating, and I started putting weight back on and my muscles got bigger,” he said.
Throughout the ordeal, Molly could not help but think of the doctors and nurses that helped tend to her son.
“I honestly think that Colin would not have healed as well as he did if we hadn’t gone to Akron Children’s,” she said. “I mean, he doesn’t have a scar on his face. He doesn’t have a scar on his body.”
Right away, the Burdettes knew they wanted to give back to Akron Children’s Hospital. They are running the Akron Marathon on Saturday, with the goal of raising $10,000 for Akron Children’s Hospital. Currently, they have raised $7,000 through the fundraiser.
The Haulin’ with Colin Relay team has some experienced and not so experienced runners, but everyone has the same inspiration — the youngest member of the team, Colin.
“He’s such an amazing source of inspiration. He really has helped all of us more than he’ll ever know,” said Colin’s aunt, Melissa Kerr, who is participating in the race.
Kerr, a veteran runner, said she knew she would always think of Colin during the Akron Marathon. He was in the hospital during the last race.And so, the family decided to make race day a new memory.
“I think it’s going to be fun. I can’t wait until I cross the finish line into the Zip Stadium,” Colin said. “Everyone is going to be there.”
The family knows Saturday is going to be emotional, but it is also a celebration a year in the making and a way to give back to those who helped Colin when he needed it most.
“One thing I loved was, [Akron Children’s Hospital staff] would say, ‘Colin, here’s what you need to do. They wouldn’t say, ‘Mom, here’s what Colin needs to do,'” Molly said. “They gave it to him. It was his injury, his recovery.”